Started 12 games, recording 56 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks and three pass breakups…led the team with 5.5 sacks…named to the pre-season Nagurski Award watch list…made his presence felt in the season opener against No. 1 Alabama, producing five tackles and a sack on 2016 SEC player of the year Jalen Hurts…went on a dominant three-game stretch vs. No. 13 Miami, at Duke and vs. Louisville, totaling 18 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks…turned in a season-best performance against Louisville, totaling nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack on the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson…made a tackle for loss and a sack against rival Florida.
Watch List: Nagurski Award
Made 10 starts and appeared in 12 games, finishing with 41 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, 7.0 sacks, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and six quarterback hurries…his 7.0 sacks ranked third on the team and came in the season’s final eight weeks…the attention he received from opposing offenses helped fellow defensive ends DeMarcus Walker (16.0 sacks) and Brian Burns (9.5) spring free to rack up statistics and capture All-America and freshman All-America honors, respectively…helped the Seminoles finish No. 1 in the nation in sacks per game (3.92) and No. 2 in overall sacks (51.0)…outstanding against the run, helping the Noles rank No. 21 in the nation in rush defense (128.0 rush yards per game)…had three tackles in the season’s first three weeks, but steadily improved throughout the season, culminating by racking up 6.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks over the final four games…led FSU in tackles at Syracuse with a career-high eight stops and tied for the team lead versus No. 13 Florida (seven stops)…added 1.5 sacks against both the Orange and Gators…also forced a fumble against Florida…finished with five tackles, 1.0 TFL and a half sack in the win over No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl….made three tackles and recorded his first sack of the season at No. 10 Miami…had seven stops versus Wake Forest…tallied three tackles and a sack against No. 3 Clemson and added two stops at NC State…had four tackles versus Boston College.
Freshman All-America Honorable Mention (Campus Insider)
A true freshman who came back from a serious injury in high school to contribute from day one for the Seminole defense…played in all 13 games, starting nine…finished with 41 tackles, 5.0 TFL, two sacks, an interception, three pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries and three fumble recoveries en route to Freshman All-America Honorable Mention accolades from CampusInsiders.com…his 41 tackles are tied for 21st on FSU’s all-time list for tackles by a freshman…wrapped up the season tied for the ACC lead and ranked seventh nationally in fumbles recovered…made his collegiate debut in the season opener against Texas State and finished with three tackles…first career start came at Boston College – finished with three tackles including a TFL…recorded a season-high six tackles three times including at Georgia Tech…lone interception on the year came against the Yellow Jackets when he tipped a pass into the air and caught it for his first career INT…also added his first career sack against Georgia Tech…had six tackles at No. 1 Clemson and at Florida…tallied 1.5 tackles for loss in a win over NC State…closed out his freshman season with a career-high two TFLs, including a sack and a pass defended against Houston in the Peach Bowl…was recognized as one of FSU’s Top Newcomers of the Year on defense at the end of the year banquet.
Consensus five-star defensive end, ranked No. 1 in the nation at his position by 247Sports and Scout in the 2015 recruiting class…tabbed the country’s fifth-best overall player by Scout, sixth-best by 247Sports, No. 11 by ESPN and No. 34 by Rivals…unanimous No. 1 prospect in Virginia…rated the second-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals and No. 3 by ESPN…only played in two games as a senior before a season-ending injury…had 94 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 22 sacks as a junior at Oscar Smith in 2013…was named to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game, but did not play…picked Florida State over Virginia Tech, Georgia, Oregon and Ohio State…born March 29, 1997…majoring in social science.